Rafael Nadal and Enrique Iglesias celebrate opening of Tatel Miami [PHOTOS, VIDEO]

Rafael Nadal and hit-maker Enrique Iglesias attended a blowout party to celebrate the opening of their restaurant, Tatel Miami, a sister to the Madrid eatery.

The upscale eatery is located at the Ritz Carlton South Beach, in the space formerly known as David Bouley Evolution.

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Rafael Nadal beats Fernando Verdasco to reach Indian Wells fourth round

The fifth seed and three-time champion Rafael Nadal set up the prospect of an Australian Open final replay with Roger Federer at Indian Wells after cruising past Fernando Verdasco 6-3 7-5 on Tuesday.

A succession of trademark crisp, powerful forehands from the 30-year-old immediately put Verdasco on the back foot, and when Rafa applied pressure he gained the crucial break.

Another near-perfect service game from Rafa wrapped up the set in 31 minutes, but the second was far from comfortable as Verdasco rallied.

Errors began to creep into Rafa’s game, too many shots dropping into the net which gave Verdasco confidence – even though he continued to complain about glare off the stands at one end.

However, that drained away late on as a costly double fault gave Rafa the chance to serve for the match, an opportunity he duly took to record a 16th win over Verdasco in 19 meetings.

A clash with Federer awaits Rafa in round four, but only if the Swiss can overcome big-serving American Steve Johnson later on Tuesday.

Source: Yahoo 

Indian Wells: Rafa and Bernie advance into the second round of doubles [PHOTOS, VIDEO]

Rafael Nadal and Bernard Tomic advanced to the second round of BNP Paribas Open tournament in the doubles competition. They beat Pablo Carreno Busta and Joao Sousa 6-4, 7-6(7) in one hour and 33 minutes.

Rafa and Bernie, playing together for the first time, let slip three match points at 6/3 in the tie-break, but regrouped to convert their fourth opportunity after one hour and 33 minutes. They will face either Goffin/Tsonga or Klaasen/Ram next.

If you somehow missed it, or just want to watch it again, HERE it is!

Rafa will play his first round singles match against Guido Pella on Sunday.

Source: BNP Paribas Open

Rafa loses Acapulco final

Rafael Nadal’s run at the Mexican Open in Acapulco is over as he lost 3-6, 6-7(3) to Sam Querrey in the final.

The American served 19 aces and did not face a break point in the opening set. Rafa fought back in the second set but failed to convert any of his six break point opportunities.

After the match, Rafa said:

He played very well, almost reaching perfection. I played under a lot of pressure because of his serve and baseline game. He left me with very few options, and the few I had he also played good. I have to congratulate him. I’m also very happy with my week and my game.(via AP)

Our champ is still seeking his first title of 2017, having also finished runner-up at the Australian Open. His next tournament is Indian Wells.

Win or lose, always with Rafa!

Rafael Nadal beats Marin Cilic to reach Acapulco final [PHOTOS]

Rafael Nadal reached his second final of the year by beating Marin Cilic 6-1, 6-2 at the Mexican Open. He saved all seven break points he has faced during the match and improved his career record over Croat to 4-1 thanks to Friday’s victory which was sealed in one hour and 25 minutes. A two-time champion at the tournament, Rafa now holds a 14-0 win-loss record in Acapulco.

After the match, Rafa said:

You need to have a great day to get a result like this against Cilic. Anytime you play against someone like Cilic you expect to suffer in a tight match, but it was not like that. I believe that he had his chances, but I played a good game. (via AP)

This will be Rafa’s 103rd career singles final. He has won 69 titles. Rafa won his last trophy 11 months ago on clay in Barcelona.

Our champ plays Australian Nick Kyrgios or American Sam Querrey in the final on Saturday.

 

Rafael Nadal to meet Marin Cilic in semis after defeating Yoshihito Nishioka in Acapulco [PHOTOS]

Two-time champion Rafael Nadal overcame a slow start against Yoshihito Nishioka of Japan before winning 7-6(2), 6-3 and advancing to his second semifinal of the season at the Mexican Open on Thursday.

Rafa star overcame a 4-2 deficit in the first set and got out of a 0-2 hole in the second.

After the match, Rafa said:

Every game here is special. I did not play my best tennis but that’s why it has a merit. I played great the previous rounds and today I was able to get over a tough situation. I’m happy to be in the semifinals, that’s great news. (via AP)

He will face third seed Marin Cilic in the final four of the hard-court event in Acapulco.

Rafa improves to 11-2 on the season.

 

Rafael Nadal breezes past Paolo Lorenzi, reaches Mexican Open quarterfinals

(AP) — Rafael Nadal routed Italian Paolo Lorenzi 6-1, 6-1 on Wednesday night in Acapulco to advance to the Mexican Open quarterfinals.

Rafa won the tournament in 2005 and 2013 and has a 12-match winning streak in the event.

After the match, Rafa said:

Unfortunately, I will lose eventually. But the harmony with the crowd and the court is amazing. With all of the support from the people, it gets easier.

I played a complete match today and I’m feeling great after a month without playing.

Rafa will face Yoshihito Nishioka, a 6-4, 3-6, 6-0 winner over Australia’s Jordan Thompson. The Japanese had battled past seventh seed Jack Sock in three sets in the first round.